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The Khuda Baksh Oriental Library

The Khuda Baksh Oriental Library

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The Khuda Baksh Oriental Library is one of the oldest libraries in India. This place stands close to the bank of river Ganga in Patna. Khuda Baksh Oriental Library was declared an institute of national importance within the year 1969 by an act of the parliament. The Khuda Baksh Oriental Library has a special collection of about 2.5 lakh printed books and 21000 oriental manuscripts. Apart from all these another major attraction of the library is the wide collection of letters from noteworthy persons that are preserved there.

This library was opened in the year 1891 to public by the Bihar Maulavi Khuda Baksh Khan. Initially the library contained 4000 manuscripts from Khuda Baksh's personal assortment, among that 1400 were inherited from his father Maulvi Muhammad Baksh.

The Khuda Baksh Library of Patna has a huge collection of over 18000 Arabic and Persian manuscripts and more than 2000 rare paintings belonging to the Rajput era and Mugal . More over there are 550 video and 850 audio tapes on many prominent and important personalities have been created by the library. The Khuda Baksh Oriental Library additionally publishes a quarterly research journal.

It is currently managed by an administrative board headed by the governor of Bihar. The library is now totally funded by the Ministry of Culture as an acknowledgment of its historical and intellectual worth. The regular managerial responsibilities concerning the functioning of the library are fulfilled by its director.